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6 June 2007 PR 07/75

Students’ inventive ideas win top design awards

The imaginative designs of three Loughborough University Industrial Design and Technology students have claimed top awards at this year’s RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) Design Direction Awards.

Richard Andrews received the National Patient Safety Agency Award of £1,500 in the ‘Design for Patient Safety’ category, for his self-service food catering system for hospitals, developed to give nurses more time to care for those who most need it.

Lauren Brooking’s design, ‘Sleepz’ – a system designed to maintain personal wellbeing through improved knowledge and understanding of sleep patterns – won her the GlaxoSmithKline Cash Award of £1,875 in the ‘Designing Wellbeing’ category.

Richard Linford was presented with the BT Award worth £1,000 in the ‘Inclusive Worlds’ Category, for his alert system for hearing impaired swimmers, which notifies athletes of race starts and alerts them to their coach’s instructions during training.

Another student, Nikita Golovlev, was awarded ‘highly commended’ in the ‘Inclusive Worlds’ section, and a further six Loughborough University students were shortlisted in their chosen categories.

Paul Wormald, a lecturer in Loughborough’s Department of Design and Technology, said of the students’ success: “Our Design and Technology students performed excellently in the RSA competition. It is a significant achievement to have so many students do so well in this prestigious international design competition, and we’ve even improved on last year when we had seven students shortlisted and won two awards.”

The RSA highlights the best of British and European design. The Design Directions Awards, launched in 2003, are the RSA’s student awards scheme that challenges young designers to respond to projects with a strong social context and intend for them to question the role of the designer in the modern world.

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  1. Images of some of the students’ work are available on request. Please contact Hannah Baldwin, T: 01509 222239, E: H.E.Baldwin@lboro.ac.uk

  2. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research-intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    In the 2006 National Student Survey, the University gained a top five place, with nine out of Loughborough’s 23 departments topping their subject tables. Loughborough was also placed 6th in the 2007 Times Good University Guide and was named winner of the 2006 THES award for the UK’s Best Student Experience. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.

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